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August 27, 2013

Redistricting passes: Maps’ fate in federal judges’ hands

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LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —

Stumbo contends that creates a problem if there is need for a special election before the 2014 election cycle governed by the new maps. The Senate attached an emergency clause to the bill which makes them immediately effective and declares any special elections before 2014 are to be conducted under the new lines.

However, Stumbo maintains that denies voters of the previous districts the right to select their replacement for any representative who might vacate the office and petitioned the court to allow special elections under the old map. But the court denied the motion.

The bill passed Friday includes a “severability clause,” which, according to Stumbo, means that if the section on immediate effect of the new maps is declared unconstitutional, the remainder of the plan remains intact.

Gov. Steve Beshear quickly signed the bill into law Friday afternoon. Stumbo said he will file a motion asking the court to accept the new plans and dismiss the suits. He said that’s not likely to occur until Monday.

 

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